I’ve been working on a project using Elections Canada data the past few days and staring at a lot of lines of political contributions.
I noticed there seemed to be a lot of “Ians” among Conservative Party donors, so I decided to run an analysis on the first names of contributors to each party.
I filtered out the 20 most common names on the list (mostly English Biblical mens names like John and David) to produce a list of names that would be more unique to each party.
Not surprisingly, the Conservative donor names tend to be largely WASPy, male and many from a certain era.
There are more Francophone names among the Liberals and, of course, the Bloc contributors, while female names occur more often on the list of New Democrats.
Note: These are based on my database of political contributions to parties, candidates and riding associations from 2003 to now.